Beak. Honker. Schnoz. Snotlocker. There are many ways to describe the feature in the centre of our face, and many reasons people feel insecure about its appearance. As a focal point of our facial features, more of us who weren’t lucky enough to be born with a beautiful button or a svelte slimline, are turning to rhinoplasty to improve our overall appearance and increase our self confidence by reshaping our schnoz.
The evolution of nose jobs
More commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure performed by Melbourne-based specialist surgeon Morris Ritz.
Once upon a time, a ‘one size fits all’ approach was given to nose surgery, with anyone choosing to undergo cosmetic enhancement in this area ending up with a ‘factory-line special’, easily detectable and not necessarily suitable to individual face shapes and characteristics.
Nose jobs have come a long way since this era and experienced surgeons now perform procedures to reshape and/or resize your nose so that it suits your individual facial structure and looks like it belongs where it’s supposed to be.
Different types of nose jobs
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, alter your profile, change the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the span of your nostrils or achieve nasal symmetry by changing the angle between your nose and your upper lip.
It can also be used to correct respiratory issues and breathing difficulties caused by structural abnormalities in this region. The aim of this surgery is to produce a nose that appears natural, functions properly, and is in harmony with the rest of your face.
Nose job procedures
Almost all rhinoplasty procedures are performed through the nostrils, which means there are no visible cuts (or subsequent scars) to the face. Some surgeries do require a cut to the tissue between the nostrils.
Surgery of the nose can also be performed using cartilage grafted from other areas of your body. Occasionally, a piece of cartilage from your ear and in some very rare cases, a section of rib cartilage, may be used.
What will you look like after your nose job?
During your initial consultation with specialist surgeon Morris Ritz, he will speak comprehensively with you about suitable options, the procedure itself and what to expect during the surgery, as well as your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved. There are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, and it is important you are aware of them and understand them.
Dr. Ritz offers patients the latest 3D Vectra imaging, taking 3D photographs of you and producing a 3D image of how you will look following surgery.
Things to consider before nose surgery
It is important to have realistic expectations going in to any cosmetic surgery and Dr. Ritz will discuss these expectations with you to help understand your motivations for surgery and achieve the best outcome. Some things you may need to consider before rhinoplasty include:
1. You can only work with the existing bone and cartilage structure of your nose, so there are limitations about how much it can be altered.
2. Nose surgery requires careful evaluation of your nasal structure so it doesn’t impact negatively on your airflow and breathing. These limitations may prevent you from being eligible for certain procedures.
3. The final results can take up to 12 months to emerge, as your new nose settles into your face. Therefore, you shouldn’t consider any further surgery until this period of time has passed.
4. Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing nose surgery, you will need to give up smoking to achieve the best results.
What to expect following nose surgery
The new you will definitely not feel beautiful straight away. Most rhinoplasty recipients experience pain, swelling and bruising (mainly around the eyes) following the procedure and you will have nasal packs in for 24 hours following surgery.
In addition, the bridge of your nose will be covered with a splint to reduce swelling. The splint will stay on for seven days, after which time you will have tape on for a further seven days to aid your recovery.
You may experience numbness or a ‘stuffy nose’ sensation – it is important to avoid blowing your nose and try to keep your head upright as much as possible.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activity or contact sports for at least the first six weeks following surgery. You also cannot wear glasses or sunglasses for a minimum of two weeks, or until your surgeon advises it is ok.
Long term outlook…is rhinoplasty right for you?
Although the results of rhinoplasty are fairly immediate, many people are unaware that it may take up to a year to achieve your perfect facial focal point.
Swelling may come and go and it can take 12 months for your new nose to adjust to its final profile. During this time, you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.
So make sure you do your homework before reshaping your schnoz, to decide if rhinoplasty is right for you.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, contact specialist surgeon Morris Ritz of Melbourne by completing a contact form or calling (+61 3) 9508 9503.